SSG Sean Michael
Staff Sergeant Sean Michael Gaul, 29, of Cresco, IA, was killed in action January 9, 2008 in Sinsil, Iraq. Sean was born June 25, 1978 to Christine M. Minear and Michael F. Gaul. He moved to the Reno area as a child in 1985. He attended local schools and was a member of JROTC at Reed High School. He joined the US Army in November, 1999. He was a career soldier first serving with B Co., 1/505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, and 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, NC. He then transferred to a Stryker Brigade at Ft. Lewis, WA and currently was stationed in Vilseck, Germany as a Recon Platoon Squad Leader. He attended Ranger School, sniper school, and was also trained as a paramedic. This was his 5th deployment.
Sean was a very enthusiastic athlete. He trained in kenpo, aikido and ninjitsu. He ran many races, participated in triathlons, biked, swam, and loved to hike. He loved the outdoors.
Sean was a family man. Married in June 2000, he is survived by his wife, Jessica L. H. Gaul and daughter. His love for work was second only to his joy while being home. He will also be missed by his mother; father; four sisters; three grandparents; seven uncles; nine aunts; numerous cousins; much family and many friends. An incredible man and grandfather Irvin J. Minear and cherished baby boy Ian Michael Gaul precede him in death.
Memorial services are scheduled for 11 a.m, Saturday, January 26 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 100 Bishop Manogue Drive, Reno, 89511. At Sean's request donations may be made to the SSG Sean Gaul and Family benefit at Wells Fargo Bank. He hopes to be honored by helping many others. The family would like to thank everyone everywhere for their support. May God bless you and keep you. We invite you to send a condolence message in the family guestbook at www.waltonsfuneralhomes.com Sean we will always love you as we always have. POW, MIA, KIA Gone but never forgotten.
Published by The Reno Gazette Journal and Lyon County News Leader from Jan. 19 to Jan. 20, 2008.